Dystopian, Reviews

/ Arc Book Review / The Water Cure / Sophie Mackintosh /

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❄️ARC BOOK REVIEW❄️

Release Date-24th May 2018
Publisher-Penguin Books
Genre-Literary Fiction
Kindle Edition-226 Pages

 

THE LITERARY DEBUT OF THE SUMMER 2018

‘An extraordinary debut novel. Otherworldly, luminous, precise… She is writing the way that Sofia Coppola would shoot the end of the world’ Guardian

‘Bold, inventive, haunting… With shades of Margaret Atwood and Eimear McBride, you’ll be bowled over by it’ Stylist

‘Visceral, hypnotic… with one of my favourite endings I’ve read in a long while’ The Pool

Imagine a world very close to our own: where women are not safe in their bodies, where desperate measures are required to raise a daughter. This is the story of Grace, Lia and Sky, kept apart from the world for their own good and taught the terrible things that every woman must learn about love. And it is the story of the men who come to find them – three strangers washed up by the sea, their gazes hungry and insistent, trailing desire and destruction in their wake.

The Water Cure is a fever dream, a blazing vision of suffering, sisterhood and transformation.

‘Immensely assured, calmly devastating’ Katherine Angel, author of Unmastered

‘A work of cool, claustrophobic beauty’ Eli Goldstone, author of Strange Heart Beating

‘Eerily beautiful, strange [and] unsettling’ Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

‘Otherworldly, brutal and poetic: a feminist fable set by the sea, a female Lord of the Flies. It felt like a book I’d been waiting to read for a long time’ Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals

 

 

The Water Cure: LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018

The Water Cure: LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 by Sophie Mackintosh
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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2 Stars
Arc Book Review
Release Date-24/5/18

This one really wasn’t for me at all and originally I did stop at 39% and it was going to be a DNF.
But I decided to persevere and forced myself to finish. Hoping it would get better.
I’m sorry to say for me it didn’t.
So although on paper this seemed a good fit for me in actuality it just wasn’t.
I have seen reviews on “The Wate Cure” praising the brilliance of the prose and yes while I do agree the language used here had an almost fluid brilliance to it it still for me fell flat in capturing and then retaining my complete attention.
I don’t mind admitting I felt a little lost in my overall comprehension here and while scratching my head still in confusion at a third in I decided enough was enough.
That was when I decided to down tools before later reconsidering as I just didn’t want to be beaten by this.
I really didn’t have the foggiest most of the time what the deal was here and if I’m honest I was bored and couldn’t be bothered to stay the course and find out really.
It was my sheer bloody determination that got me through this.
I am if I’m honest slightly disappointed as the blurb for this was ever so intriguing but In my opinion, this was spoiled by attempting to be too highbrow in its execution keeping me in an unnecessary state of confusion that for me rather than making me want to know more just did the complete opposite.
I don’t know what I expected from this but this sure wasn’t it.
Maybe I’m just not clever enough to truly appreciate “The Water Cure”
I read to escape and this was just too much like hard work for me.
I’m sure there are others who will absolutely adore this strange dystopian type drama I’m just really not one of them sorry.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of “The Water Cure” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Dystopian, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Suspense

/ Book Review / Hunter (Prison Planet #2) / Emmy Chandler /

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🥀BOOK REVIEW🥀

Release Date-22nd March 2018
Publisher-Emerson Ink
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition-275 Pages

 

He wants her released into the enclosure. He wants to hunt her.

Recaptured during her escape from zone four, Maci Bishop wakes up in the mysterious, heavily fortified zone two, where wealthy citizens come to sate sordid, homicidal appetites by hunting death row inmates in a wooded enclosure. Live on camera, for spectators watching from the Resort.

Maci is rented as a plaything for a guest at the Resort, but when she kills her first customer in self-defence, her life sentence quickly becomes a death sentence. To teach the other women a lesson, the warden throws Maci into the enclosure, to be hunted alongside a vicious death row inmate named Callum.

Though at first, he believes the beautiful, half-naked woman is bait intended to lure him out, Callum saves Maci from a brutal death. As they fight their way through the enclosure, taking on hunters, guards, and ruthless robotic hounds, he falls hard for the tiny, clever hellcat and discovers she may just have the skills to get them both out of the enclosure alive.

But Maci won’t abandon the other women to pay for her escape. Not again. She won’t be satisfied until she shuts down the entire Resort: clients, guards, hounds, and all. And there’s no way in hell Callum will let her walk into the lion’s den alone…

Hunter is a 75,000+ word novel set on a planet populated by violent criminals, so expect a gritty story about characters who have to fight to protect each other and their relationship.

 

Hunter (Prison Planet Book 2)

Hunter by Emmy Chandler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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In most cases, the only difference between the guards and the inmates is the uniform each wears

“Hunter” is the second book in the prison planet series and I enjoyed this even more than the first if that’s even possible.
This continues right after the events at the end of book one.
And this time we get to spend time with Maci as she is transferred to zone 2 as entertainment for the wealthy patrons of The Resort.
This book is a totally different ballgame than its predecessor each instalment having such a distinctly unique flavour.
So after accidentally killing one of the paying customers, Maci is thrown into the enclosure alongside fellow death row inmate Callum to be hunted live for the viewer’s amusement by the deceased’s brother.
Think Escape from the New-York / Running Man / The Hunger Games but with super sexy shenanigans and you’ll get the basic picture.

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Unable initially to speak the same language and despite some initial suspicion understandably on Callum’s behalf; these two very swiftly bond; pulled together through there shared experiences and also through utter necessity each needing the others skill-sets for there very survival.
At the onset, their lack of spoken language maybe helping them to bond in a much more physical fashion.
Actions sometimes speaking louder than words.

He lifts a thick strand of my hair to his face and sniffs again. Then he rubs it on his cheek and says a word I hope means soft. Or pretty. Or something complimentary. Anything other than, “After I kill you I’m going to eat your flesh, shave your corpse, and wear your hair as a braided trophy.” Because that would definitely be a mood killer.

What I also loved about this was that though Callum was ultimately the muscle Maci was also no slouch when it came to saving her own butt.
Lacking the physical strength she uses other weapons in her vast arsenal and in a way it’s her actions that change the course of her and Caluums eventual fate.
I also really liked the Callum was secure enough in his own masculinity to appreciate and be impressed by the skills Maci herself brought to the table.

I stare at Maci in awe. Shaw may have thought he was putting her in here to die, but all he’s really done is arm the little tech-ninja with her weapon of choice. My little hell-kitten is crazy smart. She’s just used the warden’s own security system against him.

I also adored how blunt and Alpha Callum was while still managing to convey his affections towards Maci. He was a typical male sometimes not thinking to just express himself verbally expecting Maci to be a bloody mind-reader.

I already told you, hellcat. You’re mine. I’m yours. If that weren’t true, I wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t have come after you in the enclosure. I wouldn’t have given myself up. I wouldn’t have escorted thirty whining women through the woods in the middle of the night. I’m sorry if it didn’t occur to me to actually say the words, but Maci, I love the hell out of you.

I absolutely adored the overall execution here especially the epic finale we are treated to when Maci goes all GI Jane on their butts. Sometimes the Damsel needs to rescue the prince; loved this so much it was totally epic.
And Callum himself may not be all hearts and flowers but he does express himself with such heartfelt individuality that I just couldn’t help falling for this deadly prison inmate.

Hell yes, you belong to me,” he growls. “And not in that ‘prison dibs’ kind of way. You belong to me like my own fucking hand belongs to me. Like you’re a part of me. And I will fuck up anyone who tries to sever you from me.

See such a way with words has Callum; how could you not bow down and just appreciate his pure masculine yumminess.
There is just so much here to adore and while this has some serious life and death struggles it is also filled with some terrific one-liners and tongue in cheek humour.
Everything thing about this book just worked for me on all levels and I’m am so looking forward to the next exciting instalment I really can’t recommend this series enough.
I accessed Hunter (Prison Planet Book 2) with my Kindle Unlimited subscription.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Dystopian, Futuristic, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Young-Adult

/ ARC Book Review / Eve of Man (Eve of Man Trilogy #1) / Giovanna Fletcher & Tom Fletcher /

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❄️ARC BOOK REVIEW❄️

Release Date-31st May 2018
Publisher-Penguin
Genre-YA Dystopian
Kindle Edition-400 Pages

 

AGAINST ALL ODDS, SHE SURVIVED.
THE FIRST GIRL BORN IN FIFTY YEARS.
THEY CALLED HER EVE . . .

All her life Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept from the truth of her past.

But at sixteen it’s time for Eve to face her destiny. Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of humanity is in her hands. She’s always accepted her fate.

Until she meets Bram.

Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom.

But how do you choose between love and the future of the human race?

EVE OF MAN is the first in an explosive new trilogy by bestselling authors Giovanna & Tom Fletcher.

 

Eve of Man

Eve of Man by Giovanna Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-31/5/18

This really appealed to me the idea of a dystopian landscape where female births have decimated to the point where the last XX Birth in fifty years is the honour of one young girl aptly name Eve.
Unsurprisingly she is one hot commodity; kept segregated from the common masses in the tower with the Mothers; Aged woman who have made it there lives vocation to raise her.
Eve is raised with the ideals that she alone is the last hope for humanity; a heavy responsibility for any young girl.
Her only companion aside from the mothers is Holly a kind of ready-made best-friend; she’s a sort of hologram run by three drivers one of whom is Bram.
Bram and Eve, though they have never touched in person have sort of grown to adulthood side by side.
Despite only interacting through Holly; these two have learned to recognise each other.
And it’s not long before the deep feelings these two inspire in each other spill over into real time.
So I did find this slightly disappointing sigh.
Not much really happens in the first two-thirds of this story, it’s all Eve meeting the potentials and a whole lot of inner turmoil from both Bram and Eve and I did find things to be quite slow and plodding in nature a kind of slow build.
This didn’t work for me really and I found my attention at times drifting somewhat.
Also, there’s no real explanation for why things are the way they are which I found a rather perplexing fact.
I felt this was a missed opportunity to further expand on this unique backdrop.
So For me, this was all gearing up to be a 2.5 review then luckily things did kick up a notch going from snail pace to 100 MPH in ten seconds flat.
What a relief, With this then upbeat in the storyline, things really did improve for me rescuing “Eve Of Man” and reinvesting me in the storyline.
Eve herself finally becomes less of a victim and more proactive in her own life; her eyes are finally opened to what is actually occurring around her when she endeavours to break out of her bubble and take back some control of her own life.
Bram also came into his own eventually as well, though I do feel that he took the scenic route rather than the main road but never mind the point is he gets there eventually.
This is told in dual POV from Both Eve and Brams perspective and though there was a budding romance here this is a completely clean YA and the romance is more of a secondary concern the main focus being on the underlying greater purpose and the breakdown in society..
I also found this to be a very imaginative read, though I do think we are not giving the XY gene enough credit in regards to society’s breakdown without the female input.
Ultimately I will read book two as I do want to know where this is going but I’m not sure how invested I am yet. watch this space.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Eve of Man (Eve of Man Trilogy #1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.

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Dystopian, Paranormal, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Young-Adult

/ ARC Book Review / Mery Brown Part 2 / Tiki Kos /

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-20th June 2018
Genre-YA Paranormal
Kindle Edition-139 Pages

Humanity is on the brink of extinction. 

One month after the events in Goodsprings, Mercy Brown is welcomed into the wasteland that is now the United States. The vampire virus has run rampant across the world. What is left of humanity is scattered. 

Separated from Sebastien and Amanda, Mercy must navigate this new world by herself, embarking on a journey to find her friends, stop the vampires, and save the world. 

As she fights for survival, Mercy discovers who she can trust. Will she ever be safe again? 

For fans of The Walking Dead and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tiki Kos presents the second part of the YA horror/dystopia saga, Mercy Brown.

 

Mercy Brown: (Part Two)

Mercy Brown: by Tiki Kos
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-20/6/18

This was a somewhat satisfying conclusion to this interesting YA duo; although the ending here was not really to my taste at all.
I in truth found it a trifle depressing and pointless in nature but hey ho that’s just me and I’m not a big advocate for these type of finales; never have been.
Mercy Brown Part Two; brings us back to the stage it set for us in part one and almost immediately we are thrown headlong back into the action.
Unlike its predecessor, this is pumped from the outset with a steady storyline of action, chaos and curveballs.
Out of the Two instalments, this one was my favourite and as well as getting to delve deeper into the psyche that is Mercy we are also introduced to additional characters each bringing something unique to the table.
What let this down slightly for me was that I didn’t really feel we got to know Sebastion any more this time around.
He felt to me like a cardboard caricature of a self-tortured misunderstood vampire that I’d seen many times before; it felt a trifle old if I’m honest here.
I wanted to dig deeper into what makes Sebastion the vampire he is instead we barely scratched the surface with him and what we did learn didn’t for me show him in the best of light.
I guess what I’m trying to say here is that you have this kick-ass girl whos such a big personality and force to be reckoned with and then we have Sebastion seemingly in her shadow and hanging on to her coattails for dear life; he never once takes up for her and comes across as a bit wishy-washy.
And he’s always leaving her behind which didn’t sit well with me at all.
I didn’t get the sense these two were soul mates or anything near and that was a bit off a sticker for me really.
What we did get here is an almost chocka filled race to the finish; with many glorious turns and unexpected pathways and despite some reservations, I still enjoyed this so very much.
Now if that ending could be rewritten, well I would definitely rate this so much higher.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Mercy Brown: (Part Two) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Dark, Dystopian, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance

/Arc Book Review / Liberty / Kirsty Dallas/

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❄ARC BOOK REVIEW❄

Release Date-20th June 2018
Genre-Dystopian Romance
Kindle Edition-234 Pages
KD Publications

While Liberty is a spin-off novel from the award-winning book, When Nothing Is All You’ve Got, it can be read as a stand-alone.

“Face your enemy, show no fear, fight to survive.”

I was a child delivered to hell,
imprisoned in endless darkness,
until I found the light again.
I was gifted freedom
while still trapped inside a cage.
He helped me forget my confinement
He made me feel safe
And once I was old enough to know what love was,
He made me feel unwanted.
My name is Grace,
And this is life in Liberty.

*** Please be aware Liberty is for Mature Readers. It contains dark elements and violence

 

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Liberty

Liberty by Kirsty Dallas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-20/6/18

This was my first experience with this talented author and got to say this one blew me away with its fantastic world building and imaginative storyline.
I have already been checking out further titles by this particular author so much did “Liberty” impress me with its unique and original take on a future dystopian America.
The “USA” a hundred years from now is a vastly different place to what it is now; with rules put in position to help keep tight control of the masses.
The country is kept in check with a prison system called the Underground; here crime is punished in exactly the same way for all; with incarceration in a vast beneath ground penal colony.
Man, woman or child; Murder or stealing; this is where you end up if you’ve broken the law.
Or been born to a parent who has committed such a crime.
Thrown underground or just born into a nightmare of darkness; here the inmates themselves are the Kings and Queens of this insane system; No way out once in; you’re a guest of the Underground till the end of your known days; however long or short that lifespan might be.
The rebels; a breakoff army faction who disagreed with the current government’s stance and harsh position on crime.
staged a breakout of all the perceived innocents thrown or born into this corrupt government system.
liberating them from there underground prison sentences and shipping them off into secret compounds across the country.
Assisting them to heal and recover from the trauma they have been cruelly exposed to; some from birth, these places have become almost places of regrowth and hope.
This is the tale of one such fugitive safety net, aptly named “Liberty” and the events that escalate here when it borders are breached by an outside force intent on destroying all that “Liberty means and stands for.
This is a spin-off story; set in the already fictional world of “When Nothing Is All You’ve Got” but can definitely be read as a standalone no problem at all.
Got to say though that I enjoyed this so much I will definitely be reading the original novel that this addictive tale evolved from.
Events here are told from dual POV; Grace and Ink; two of Liberty’s inhabitants and I really did adore so much the overall dynamic portrayed here between these two individuals.
Ink is a Rebel fighter; in Liberty to head up protection and defence for the colony; Grace or Gracie as Ink calls her is one of the liberated Underground Inmates; thrown in there at Twelve after accidentally killing her stepfather.
With an already established relationship of friendship here, it was just so easy to get lost in the easy rapport between these two; even despite some initial misunderstandings that were mainly the fault of Ink and his sheer stubbornness and total man-brain moments.
So; Ink and Gracie really do come into there own when they need to collaborate together to save there home and rid their borders of these unwanted invaders.
“Liberty was such a gripping and raw experience; with some truly reprehensible actions and characters throughout.
There was pure evil in some of the people here and this certainly didn’t pull its punches; like not one little bit at all.
Do Prepare yourself as this book shows you the depths of human depravity and Wickedness and what we as a race can be capable off when the rules are dispensed with; How far we can actually sink when we throw our common decency and morality out that window.
But it also reflects back at us; just how far we can push back for the people we care about and love; how strong a community can be when they stand as one but also how one rotten apple can topple the barrel; Liberty had its own Trojan Horse within its walls just like the famous Troy itself.
There were just so many fabulous diverse characters in Liberty; too many to actually mention and give them all the justice they so deserve.
I honestly never truly knew what was coming or what some peoples involvement or actual agendas entailed; this author had some seriously spellbinding story weaving Skills that I truly did appreciate.
It’s was like a superpower all of its own making.
Rather than just concentrating solely on the romance “Liberty” I found to be much more story and action focused; The romantic elements were all there They were just more of a secondary factor to the whole entire experience.
I also loved how strong and kickass a female Gracie was; It was also refreshing to see Ink try and allow her to be herself and trust in her abilities even when it made him feel uncomfortable to not be in complete control of events and their actual outcomes.
So before I go I’ve got something small to add on; there was a situation here that after I had reassessed my original thoughts; I was so ashamed of myself for being so blind and heartless to the whole event.
It’s an actual Trespass no matter how you look at it; just wanted to get that out there.
I’m just so glad that certain individuals here had compassion once they had the complete picture, and treated all concerned in the correct manner.
So just a brief trigger warning before I depart; “Liberty” contains very dark themes you have been warned.
But still saying that; I can not recommend this story enough it was one hell of a read That I couldn’t put down.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Liberty” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Dystopian, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Young-Adult

/ Book Review / When They Came (When They Came #1) / Kody Boye /

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💙BOOK REVIEW💙

Release Date-April 3rd 2018
Genre- Dystopian Young Adult
Kindle Edition-313 Pages

 

I was never afraid of monsters—at least, not until They came: the visitors from outer space. 

Now They’re in our skies, on our streets, always watching, forever waiting. 

At seventeen, I’m just about to graduate from the Juvenile Education System and declare my career of choice. The Midnight Guard—who protect our community from the vicious things that lie outside our walls—calls to me. 

It’s hard, dangerous work, with gruelling hours that offer little sleep, but it’s the one thing I know will help make a difference in 
our ever-changing world.

 

When They Came (When They Came #1)

When They Came by Kody Boye
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-3/4/2017

When They Came (When They Came #1) by Kody Boye was a really enjoyable read. An incredibly fast-paced YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian novel that kept me interested from start to finish.
The first book in a series; this set the stage brilliantly, drawing me into this imaginative future dystopian landscape and hooking my interest instantly.
The world building here was fantastic and easily comprehended.
“When they Come” starts off in the fictional stronghold of Fort Hope; here Ana Mia after graduating the juvenile education system decides to join her sister on the wall as part of the Midnight Guard.
This guard protects the inhabitants of the stronghold by watching the night and holding the line; guarding the population against Earths alien invaders and there lackies the Coyotes.
(sounds almost Game Of Thrones-like)
The Aliens are harvesting the populace from there ships and the Coyotes seem to be the eyes and ears of these invaders.
These coyotes, by and large, seem dumb simple but vicious creatures and I’m not really sure yet what the deal is with them.
I mean where are they from? what are there Intentions? and why are they assisting the harvesters?
In fact who even are the Harvesters and what is there ultimate goal here?
And for that fact what happens to the inhabitants they have beamed up to there vessel?
See; so many valid questions here.
So there’s a lot going on and as you can see from my above waffling so many questions I still want answers to.
the author also manages to do such an excellent job of dialling the tension up notch by gradual notch; its done so subtlely that before I knew it I were smack bang on a rollercoaster to god knows where.
There’s so many twists and turns aplenty and the whole story had a biting your nails constantly vibe to it; I was so on edge throughout.
I also really liked how past events were conveyed here from invasion day; told in a series of flashbacks; I found this such a nice touch, It gave “When They Came” such a personal feel to it; which I very much appreciated.
my only annoyance here with this; was how fast the author seemed to knock off individuals I had become emotionally invested in.
No sooner had I forged a connection then pop they were gone; which is all fine and dandy but I didn’t think enough closure was offered up to truly appreciate the contribution these characters brought.
I know post-apocalyptic Alien invaded landscape; not actually conducive to mourning and wallowing but I’m talking more about an internal monologue here.
A sort of reflective remembrance as I do feel that maybe Ana Mia would be much more traumatised and affected by her losses than she seemed to portray.
There was only one scene where she major broke down then she seemed to pull herself together so swiftly I was slightly sceptical.
I also wasn’t a mega fan of using Ana’s whole name in conversation; it just felt weird and slightly pretentious if I’m being honest here.
So That’s my main reasons for the one-star deduction.
So despite my above points and some slight cliche one-liners, this was a fantastic YA read.
It will be fascinating to see where this will go next after that cliffhanger of an ending.
Thankfully the next instalment in this enthralling series is already available.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “When They Came (When They Came #1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Dark, Dystopian, Futuristic, New Adult, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Traitor (Twisted Fate, #1) / Alyson Santos /

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☘ARC BOOK REVIEW☘

 Release Date-6th June 2018
Genre- NA Dystopian Romance
Kindle Edition-243 Pages

They may be refugees but Andie Sorenson never chose to flee when government forces abduct her to the “safety” of a military-operated compound. Caught in an ugly civil war no one understands, she’s now a number, a uniform, her future reduced to three stale meals a day with the strangers who share her fate. She’s nothing, no one—until a random act of compassion and an electric smile turn her prison into a refuge.

It’s his eyes, his heart, his beautiful soul drowning in an ocean of secrets. Lance Corporal Kaleb Novelli is an enigma, but with each plunge through another layer, Andie finds herself captured in a way she never imagined. She knows they have no future. They can’t even have a present, but that doesn’t stop her heart from committing to a man she can never have. The only one she trusts in this battle of lies and manipulation.

But they’ve found their paradise in hell, and she can’t shake the feeling that Kaleb Novelli is not just a player. He’s the game.

 

Traitor (Twisted Fate, #1)

Traitor by Alyson Santos
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-6/6/18

This was such an unexpected little gem; so emotive and heart-wrenching in its brutality.
But also strangely uplifting and profound at the same time.
I felt so connected to the storyline and its characters here and this was one read that definitely snuck up on me in stealth mode; catching me completely unawares with its rawness and individuality.
From the second of starting this, I was ever so intrigued; The tale told here was so unique and so different it was in a genre all of its own class and I found myself struggling to classify this as it crossed so many lines with its profound message and agenda.
A real standout story that captured my attention with its ultimate distinctiveness.
“Traitor” in its first half almost seemed to rely more on the sentiment and simple interactions between Kaleb and Andie than any shock tactics to hook and draw in its reader and that was a real plus point for me.
Maybe that’s why in the second half the sheer brutality portrayed was such a contrast; it really reflected back the almost simplistic beginning here when placed and held up against such utter savagery as we encountered in “The prisoner” chapters; truly shocking.
The prose used here was so good Building anticipation and a sense of almost injustice against this post-apocalyptic waste-ground.
There was such originality in the way this story unfolded; Its a tale of two halves and though told in dual POV rather than it being alternate chapters; which is the usual norm; this book is split down the centre; with Andie’s perspective first; closely followed by Kaleb’s.
And rather than chapters dedicated to the build-up in Kaleb and Andie’s relationship; what we get is a series of flashbacks to more closely explain how there deep and profound connection ultimately developed.
This was such an original way of narrating and one I really adored.
The author doesn’t go into great back detail; it is assumed that the reader is somewhat aware of previous past endeavours; I found that this was not a great issue as the story is somewhat self-explanatory and so easy to follow along with.
As I mentioned previously; this has a sort of dystopian apocalyptic feel to it; A civil war rages across all fronts and our two main characters both seem to have there own personal roles to play.
This is almost a love across the barricades romance; one where you are forced to pick a faction but where both are equally abhorrent in their ultimate behaviour and intention; both sides guilty; nether innocent; both awash in shades of grey; is the real sense you take away from this touching poignant tale.
In fact, its poor Kaleb who gets caught in this crossfire who is the ultimate victim here; a pawn in this stalemate of wills and at the mercy and whims of powerful individuals; it’s truly heartbreaking to witness the extent of his suffering at the hands of a monster.
I could have wept rivers of pain for his agony, torment and terror.
How much misery and despair he must have endured internally to swallow his pride and beg for mercy in the way he did; truly tragic and dehumanising; a casualty of war not of his making.
But we also get to experience the other side of the coin; how just when you think life cant give you any more surprises it throws you curveballs.
That hope is not lost and people can still amaze you with there ingrained humanity.
Ultimately what I took away from this was a profound sense of faith and that even in the dark there can be a glimmer of light; for Kaleb, that is Andie she is his very beacon of hope.
Loved the ending here; I was worried for a second; so was so pleased to not have my expectations dashed just for cruel shock value; It was a bit of a phew moment for me there.
This was my first book by this author but so won’t be my last; I cant recommend this read enough; this is fiction at its best outstanding.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Traitor (Twisted Fate, #1) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

Dark, Dystopian, Erotic, Futuristic, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Outcasts (Badlands #3) / Natalie Bennett /

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🥀ARC BOOK REVIEW🥀

Release Date-12th May 2018
Publisher-BB Books
Genre-Post-Apocalyptic Romance
Kindle Edition-

*Grimm* 

Pariah. 
Dark Messiah. 
Harbinger of death. 

My reputation has always preceded me. 

I’m a brother to the queen of the Badlands. 

I’m one of the few confidants to her fiancé–the devil himself. 

And those whispered rumours that I’m a silent killer, a true harvester of souls? 

They’re true. 

People never see me coming. I don’t discriminate, I show no mercy, and I feel no remorse. 

My only loyalty is to my family and when someone important to them goes missing, I vow to do whatever is necessary to track her down and bring her back. 

But the person I find is not the same woman who was stolen away. 

Something’s different about her. 
Something I find myself drawn to as we fight our way back to hell. 

*Arlen* 

Stubborn. 
Reckless. 
Original family disappointment. 

My reputation has never preceded me. 

I’m supposed to be this spoiled, rich b*tch who does everything her daddy tells her. 

I was forbidden to even think about the Badlands. 

But money means nothin to me and my paradise was a pretty cage I refused to be trapped in. 

I fought my way out, I found a new family, and even though sh*t got tough sometimes it all worked out in the end. 

And then I got kidnapped. 
I thought it was over for me. 
I almost broke. 

I should have known he would never let that happen. 
And I should have realized something inside me had shifted. 

Maybe then I’d have seen the signs that I was falling for an irredeemable man. 

A man who taught me that there was power in taking away a life. 
A man who showed me just how beautiful hell truly was. 

It’s only fair I warn you that this is not a story about a rescued damsel in distress. 
This is a story about what happens when a man who collects souls finally meets his match. 

*Outcasts is the 3rd book in the Badlands series. This book can be read as a standalone but I recommend starting Savages & Deviants first.* 

Outcasts (Badlands Book 3)

 

Outcasts by Natalie Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS
ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-12/5/18

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You know I don’t think it really matters the dark depraved satanic stuff that comes from the depths of Natalie Bennet’s soul.
I just can’t help but absorb the craziness and depravity portrayed here so decadently.
Really just flowing with the tide and giggling manically as we get to delve deeper amidst the fucked up pages that is ultimately Outcasts and this author’s amazingly demented psyche.
And man this stuff; is as always major fucked up; like totally.
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Sorry; I just can’t bring myself to care though as its just such compelling reading.
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So in “outcasts” we get to continue the story we started in previous books and this begins initially with Arlen still MIA waiting for Grimm to come rescue her arse from her kidnapper Noah.
And In direct opposition to most romances (if you could call this that) the feelings between Grimm and Arlen are already established and on a firm ground, just not yet acted upon by either party involved.
And from the onset, we are thrown right back centre-stage into the action with blood, gore and torture aplenty.
“Outcasts” really doesn’t pull its punches in that particular department.
There were even occasions when I found my self-going no that’s just sick man, no way.
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So here we get to be up close and personal with what makes the Reaper that is Grim himself actually tick.
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And we also get a front row seat to his brand of psychotic savagery and his way of giving his brat all of his attention and true self.

“I’d give her a crown forged of blood and bone from every motherfucker who’d laid a hand on what was mine. I hoped she was ready to paint some shit red. We weren’t going home until their bodies were at our feet.”

 

“Grimm was filthy, wicked down to his core, but he was the kind of filthy you wanted coating every fibre of your being, straight down to your bare bones”.

Then we have Arlen; Grimm’s brat, already damaged, but since her capture and life’s cruel lessons she now on the wrong side of cray-cray.
And what she wants most of all; besides grim, is to bathe in the blood of her enemies.
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she is no longer so hung up on right versus wrong and is now fully embracing her malfunctioning moral compass.
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So this is told from dual POV with a bonus chapter at the end courtesy of Romero.
We don’t get to see that much of Rom and Cali here though they do make the occasional cameo.
“Outcasts” mainly features Grimm, Arlen and Cobra heavily with some extra newcomers also thrown into the mix.
This was extremely ramped throughout; which as you can expect from this series was of a very graphic nature.
“Outcasts” was also super steaming hot setting the pages alight with its chemistry.
Grim and his brat certainly had a connection here and I could really feel it literally projecting off the page, heading right for me.
sometimes it’s the little things. like a shared interest.

“I wondered what it said about my relationship when I knew it was my man who killed someone simply by the way they were executed; clearly, we were very compatible.”

So I know this says it can be read as a standalone but in my opinion, I wouldn’t advise it.
You would lose so much and I do think have issues following along with the present timeline.
My advice, start at the beginning with savages you really won’t regret it.
Its a fantastically imaginative journey; that would be a shame to miss.
But before I go, a warning “Outcasts” is an extremely dark read dealing with some very graphic scenes.
If this is at all a trigger for you please do avoid, you have been warned.
If like me you like to take a stroll on the dark side occasionally then, by all means, please do join me on this effed up post-apocalyptic ride.
I want to leave you with this quote; which I think sums Grimm and Brats relationship up perfectly.

“She was mercy. I was death. She’d always be Sally. I’d be her Jack. A goddess like Persophone, to a dark lord like Hades. Queen of death. Queen of me. For always.”

Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Outcasts (Badlands #3)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Dystopian, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance, Young-Adult

/ ARC Book Review / True Storm (True Born Trilogy, #3) / L.E. Sterling /

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💜ARC BOOK REVIEW💜

Release Date-1st May 2018
Publisher-Entangled Teen
Genre-Dystopian YA
Kindle Edition-352 Pages

Lucy’s twin sister, Margot, may be safely back with her—but all is not well in Plague-ravaged Dominion City. The Watchers have come out of hiding, spreading chaos and death throughout the city, and suddenly Lucy finds herself torn between three men with secrets of their own.

Betrayal is a cruel lesson, and the Fox sisters can hardly believe who is behind the plot against them. To survive this deadly game of politics, Lucy is forced to agree to a marriage of convenience. But DNA isn’t the only thing they want from Lucy…or her sister.

As they say in Dominion, rogue genes can never have a happy ending…

The True Born series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 True Born
Book #2 True North
Book #3 True Storm

 

True Storm (True Born Trilogy, #3)

True Storm by L.E. Sterling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS RTF
ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-1/5/18

“True Storm” is a fantastic conclusion to what has been so far a great Imaginative new YA series.
Though book two is still hands down my favourite this definitely comes in a very close second.
With, as usual, fabulously creative world-building skills and an amazingly diverse cast.
This directly from the start places the reader smack bang into the middle of the story and with so many ups and downs and twists and turns I really had no clue what was going to occur next.
And if I’m bloody honest here, I had the pants shocked off of me on numerous occasions.
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This is non-stop action with some major shockers thrown into the assortment just for shit and giggles and also to help muddy the waters further.
I really wasn’t prepared for some of the happenings in “True Storm” and did find myself crying like a baby as the story gradually unfolded to its ultimate conclusion.
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“True Storm” itself, finally gives us answers to certain questions and loose ends left over from previous instalments.
A sense of closure is finally offered, rounding things up nicely for the reader.
One slight criticism from me know, that ending!!
I would have maybe liked things expanded on slightly.
Clarified a trifle more, the eventual fallout with Storm and Jared I would have really liked to see play out to its foregone conclusion.
I just think It would have added an extra dimension and depth to the proceedings if things had been spun that way.
And also can I just say, after all that denial from Lu and Jared about there relationship things just seemed to me to be slightly anti-climatic in nature.
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It was all wrapped up a bit too quickly and pat for my particular liking.
Another slight gripe was I didn’t feel certain characters in this book got the page time they deserved when it came to there fates.
I know obscure much!!!
but I really can’t say much more without giving too much information away and spoiling this excellent tale for others.
But what I will say is this.
one of my favourite characters here got a pretty raw deal in my opinion.
And I was not impressed with how quickly he was brushed over and moved on with, just saying.
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On a final note, this instalment is slightly friskier than the others.
Though it is still completely suitable for a younger audience it’s only kissing and some mild petting but just thought I’d mention it.
So that’s it from me, this was a great YA read that I really did enjoy.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “True Storm (True Born Trilogy #3)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

Dystopian, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance, Young-Adult

/ ARC Book Review / ISAN-International / Sensory Assassin Network / Mary Ting /

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🍁ARC BOOK REVIEW🍁

Release Date-1st May 2018
Genre-Dystopian YA
Publisher-Vesuvian Books
Kindle Edition-331 Pages

 

THE WORLD HAS CHANGED.

SCIENTISTS WARNED IT WOULD HAPPEN.

Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into our quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.

Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life-changing. The serum will make her better. To receive the serum, Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.

While on a mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.

ISAN – International Sensory Assassin Network by Mary Ting
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS.
ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-1/5/18

ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network) was a read I enjoyed very much.
I have been reading quite a few YA novels at the moment and this was one that intrigued me massively.
So this was my first book by this particular author and “ISAN” overall was a clean YA read.
The blurb initially piqued my attention in a good way and this was one I was really looking forward to getting stuck into.
so if I had to split this down into parts I would say the second half of this book is of a much faster pace than the first.
I would also have myself liked for the beginning of”ISAN” to be of a faster pace with maybe more in-depth world-building.
For me, this would have pushed this from a four-star up into a five.
But when this eventually did get going it was fast paced with plenty of action and definitely kept me on my toes throughout.
With a vast array of diverse individuals “ISAN” delivers on all fronts.
I am still finding my feet in regards to what is occurring and the hidden agendas buried within the narrative here, but I am also very much looking forward and ahead to where this may go in the future.
The possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to see where they lead.
So all-though there is a romantic element here in “Isan” this very much takes a back seat in the overall storyline plot.
This has more of a post-apocalyptic dystopian vibe than a romantic one and the setting hooked me right from the beginning.
“ISAN” is told from Ava’s POV I myself would have definitely preferred a more well-rounded perspective from multiple characters, but that’s just me.
I Also should mention that this is also quite a lengthy read of at least five hours and it also ended on a giant cliffhanger.
I’m almost positive from this there is going to be a twist coming, there just has to be, It cant be left like that.
So I found this to be a great dystopian read that also had an extremely imaginative narrative.
It was a fabulous start to what I am sure will be a great new series.
Eagerly awaiting the next instalment now.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “ISAN – International Sensory Assassin Network ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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